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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Experience the magic of the ancient home of the Incas

The Incas moved into this part of Peru around 1,000 years ago, probably because the valley was at a lower altitude - and thus more suitable for agriculture - than other parts of the Andes Mountains. They divided the conquered land between the emperor, the religious community, and the farmers, and it’s for this reason that there are the ruins of so many royal and religious buildings here.

While Machu Picchu steals the show, the “Sacred Valley” is filled with fortresses, observatories, temples, and mysterious unexplained structure. Our guides will take you on foot or horseback along the networks of Inca Trails which wind through hills and valleys linking attractive little towns like Pisac and Urubamba.
 
The best way to leave Machu Picchu itself is aboard the Hiram Bingham train which trundles along the Sacred Valley of the Incas as you enjoy a delicious dinner while serenaded by musicians.
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Accommodation:
Sol y Luna
In the Sacred Valley with the Andes Mountains dominating the skyline, the beautiful gardens of Sol y Luna exquisitely complement the hotel’s stone casitas. It’s a truly magical location, and the backdrop only enhanced by the careful planting of indigenous flowers and the orientation of the terraces.
Accommodation:
Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa
The Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa occupies a superb position in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Staying here is a refined experience: great effort has gone into making this the base camp of choice for Machu Picchu, and incorporating Peruvian motifs and materials into the striking design.
Accommodation:
Aranwa Sacred Valley
The Aranwa Sacred Valley has a truly stunning location, overlooking the Vilcanota River. It’s just 30 minutes from Cusco, and the colonial style hotel buildings are on the lands of a 17th century hacienda, infusing the site with history and culture.
Accommodation:
Belmond Rio Sagrado
Hear the Urubamba river rushing past as you relax in the heated pool at Belmond Rio Sagrado, taking in the views of the Andes. Tranquility, luxury, and a great location are the hotel’s main selling points, but we also love the fact you can feed their pet alpacas!